The Reformation: An exhibition at The John Rylands Library

A monk who shattered the strength of the Catholic Church, a monarch who wanted to take more than one wife, a society that put sin up for sale – and the power of the printed word to challenge it all. The John Ryland’s latest exhibition reveals a series of events that changed the course of…

Feminism and the Politics of Prostitution in the 1970s and 1980s: Professor Judith Walkowitz discusses her latest research and forthcoming visit to Manchester!

Torso Installation, ‘Prostitution: What’s Going On?’ Exhibition at the Women’s Library, Whitechapel, 2006. Image courtesy of Professor Walkowitz. In 1972 I joined a small cohort of feminist historians who insisted that prostitution had a history.  At the time, prostitution remained low on the agenda of women’s liberation on both sides of the Atlantic.  Women liberationists…

Connecting Medieval Worlds: The exciting new seminar series!

Introducing the ‘Global Middle Ages’ When most people think about the Middle Ages, they will not be thinking of pottery in Ghana or Nubian embassies to Europe. Closer to home, they probably won’t know that the first archbishop of Canterbury was a Greek monk from modern-day Turkey, or the medieval legend that Britain was discovered…

Magic, Witches and Devils in the Early Modern World: New Exhibition!

Exhibition: Magic, Witches and Devils in the Early Modern World (John Rylands University Library, Deansgate, from 21 January 2016). Interview by Eloise Moss Dr Jenny Spinks is Lecturer in the History of Early Modern Europe (particularly Germany, France and the Low Countries); Dr Sasha Handley is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern Social and Cultural History…

Manchester Histories Festival: From Little Ireland to Chinatown

Editors Note: This is an archived blog post from 21/3/2014 From Little Ireland to Chinatown: Mapping diversity in Manchester Wed 26 Mar 2014 6pm Manchester Central Library St. Peter’s Square, Manchester, M2 5PD How has immigration, from the mid-nineteenth century to today, changed the face of Manchester? Digital mapping is an exciting tool for visualising…

Manchester Histories Festival – Manchester Heroes

Editors Note: This is an archived blog post from 21/3/2014 Panel Discussion – Manchester Heroes: Should the City Remember Its Heroes? Monday 24 March, 6.30pm – 8.00pm, National Football Museum Manchester is associated with a unique cast of characters from the Pankhurst family to Alan Turing, George Best to Morrissey. 200-miles North of London, it’s…

Dr. Carden-Coyne on disabled veterans

Editors Note: This is an archived blog post from 8/12/2014 The University of Manchester is, for the first time, involved in the UK-wide Disability History Month awareness project, and this year’s theme is the First World War. Manchester City Council’s Equality and Diversity team has asked History’s Dr. Ana Carden-Coyne to give the inaugural lecture…

WWI Centenary Lecture Series

Editors Note: This is an archived blog post from 30/9/2013. WWI Centenary Lecture Series: The Different Faces of World War 1 Booking is essential – more info on booking will appear on the below website later in autumn School of Arts, Languages and Cultures Lecture Series 2013/14 Venue: Please check the SALC website for venue information: …

The 1945 Pan African Congress in Manchester

Image courtesy of Working Class Movement Library Editors Note: This is an archived blog post from 20/8/2012   The Manchester Museum will host a panel debate on the 1945 Pan African Congress. From 15 to 21 October 1945, Manchester was the setting for 90 delegates who gathered at All Saints, Manchester, for the fifth Pan…

Manchester Histories Festival, 24 Feb-4 March 2012

Editors Note: This is an archived blog post from 15/2/2012 The Manchester Histories Festival will run from 24th February to 4th March 2012 in venues across Manchester. MHF is a celebration of Greater Manchester’s unique history and heritage, through a ten day programme of events and activities, including talks, walks, film showings and open days….